Archive for the ‘Academic Projects’ Category

It may be of some interest to know that a new website will be sharing reviews of academic dissertations online:

Although the dissertations will be from many areas of study, of interest to us is the section on Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. See the review of Dr. Nicole Willock’s dissertation on the sixth Tséten Zhapdrung Jikmé Rikpé Lodrö:  Tibetan Buddhist Polymath in Modern China.
Also see Dr. Nancy Lin’s Adapting the Buddha’s Biographies: A Cultural History of the Wish-Fulfilling Vine in Tibet, Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries.

Update on Buddhist Studies resources on the web:

There are some new additions to Marcus Bingenheimer’s excellent resource “Glossaries for Buddhist Studies.”


SUNY Press is happy to announce the launching of a new, peer-reviewed,
academic journal, the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy.

Information about the new journal can be found here:

From the website:

The first issue is scheduled to appear in Summer 2012. The journal invites submissions of articles on any topic in the field of Buddhist philosophy.  Anyone interested is encouraged to send submissions or inquiries for more information to

The UK Association for Buddhist Studies will have its conference this year Tuesday and Wednesday, July 6th and 7th at the University of Leeds.

“Historiography, adaptation and contemporary practice” – at the Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds.



  • Prof. Steven Collins (Chicago): “No-self, gender, and madness”
  • Dr Joanna Cook (Cambridge): “Remaking Thai Buddhism through international pilgrimage”
  • Prof. Duncan McCargo (Leeds): “Buddhism, legitimacy and violence in southern Thailand”
  • Dr Catherine Newell (SOAS): “The new Buddhist missionaries: the global ambitions of Thailand’s Dhammakaya temples”
  • Dr James Taylor (Adelaide): “Mobility and resistance; modern monastic questers”
  • Dr James Benn (McMaster): “A Chinese apocryphal sutra in its eighth-century context”
  • Prof. Ann Heirman (Ghent): “Speech is silver, silence is golden? Speech and silence in the Buddhist sagha”
  • Dr John Kieschnick (Bristol): “The adjudication of sources in traditional Chinese Buddhist historiography”
  • Dr Francesca Tarocco (Manchester): “Buddhist images in modern China”

Film showing

  • Dr Patrice Ladwig (Max Planck Institute): “The last friend of the corpse: funerals, morticians and crematoria in Chiang Mai”

Postgraduate presentations

  • Jane Caple (Leeds): “Contemporary revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in eastern Qinghai (Amdo)”
  • Berthe Jansen (Oxford): “Buddhist and non-Buddhist themes contained in Tibetan wedding recitations”
  • Lewis Doney (SOAS): “The daṇḍa-swinging Dharmarāja: early Tibetan appropriations of Indian Buddhist narratives”
  • Frederick Chen (Oxford): “A pagan god transformed into a Buddhist god or a Buddhist god transformed into a Chinese god?”

Also featuring surprise musical performance
Registration (please register before end of June 2010): £45 (UKABS/WREAC £30; students £20).
Register before 31 May for a £5 discount. Fee includes lunch & dinner on 6 July and lunch on 7 July.
Further information and registration: or
Organising committee: Martin Seeger, Francesca Tarocco, Ian Harris, Jane Caple

Every Friday afternoon at the University of Washington a group of scholars and students gather their laptops, electronic tablets, projectors, and infrared images of ancient birch bark scrolls and hike up to a windowless room on the mezzanine floor of Gowen Hall for some not so old-fashioned detective work. The objective of their sleuthing is to coax a little meaning from the most ancient Buddhist manuscripts known to still exist. An image of one piece of one side of a birch bark scroll (the original buried in the vaults of the British Library) is projected on the wall and the group attempts to decipher the small scribblings of an ancient scribe.

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The University of Washington – Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project:

Rediscovering the Worlds’ Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts

I. Origin of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project

The Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project (EBMP) was constituted in 1996 to study a collection of Buddhist manuscripts dating from the first century a.d. which had recently been discovered in Afghanistan and acquired by the British Library. The British Library contacted Professor Richard Salomon of the University of Washington’s Department of Asian Languages and Literature requesting that he supervise the study and publication of these unique documents, and shortly thereafter an agreement was signed between the library and the university, establishing the EBMP with Professor Salomon as director of the project and Professor Collett Cox as assistant director. Subsequently, a contract was drawn up between the EBMP and the University of Washington Press for the publication of the results of the research in a new series entitled “Gandhāran Buddhist Manuscripts.” To date, six volumes in this series have been published by EBMP research scholars, with a seventh to be issued shortly.

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Many of you probably know THDL, but if you haven’t kept up with their machinations you may find it difficult to find information on this huge resource. The first thing to know is that THDL is no longer THDL, it is called THL (Tibetan Himalayan Library) and it is no longer housed (even in parts) at It is now officially only at The journal for International Association of Tibetan Studies is here.

Although one might fall prey to the hope that things have become easier to find on THL now that it has fewer letters, simply recall the old adage about hope and fear and settle in for a session of learning experiences. Other than the pretty pictures, THL has also provided us with the experience of not being able to find half of the things that one used to be able to find on the old site. This is because some pages and resources are still in transition and will arrive at their new homes soon.

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The publications of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University are available online:

I. Volume of Sanskrit manuscripts in the British Library:

II. International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University monograph series:

III. International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University annual journal:

In case you did not see this post on H-Buddhism Net, or do not have access to that listserv, here’s the news:

I am pleased to announce a new service that is now available through the INDOLOGY website.

SARIT is a freely-available online facility that enables you to search through an online library of Sanskrit texts for keywords, word-collocations, and other linguistic strings.  The system is based on the well-known ARTFL software, and is exceptionally powerful.  It can handle many forms of query and output, including KWIC indexes. Your imagination is the limit.

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A friend of mine, Charles Manson of Harvard and Oxford University, is creating a list of all works attributed to each of the Karmapas. At the moment he has done little more than collect what is available via TBRC, but he plans to create a website with information as he gathers more. His studies are focused on Karma Pakshi’s life and philosophy, references for སྐུ་གསུམ་ངོ་སྤྲོད་ (about which Mikyo Dorje wrote 4 volumes) and the beginning of the Mahakala Bernagchen tradition in the Kagyu lineage. if you are interested in any of his projects, or want to add to his list of works by the Karmapa’s, you can email him at :